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middle school

my lj friends list has had lots of churn since 2010 so this won't be shocking to most of you, but baby jojo will be in middle school next year, a 6th grader.

she got into pre-IB... it's some kind of honors program to help kids get ready for the international baccalaureate program in high school, which is some other kind of "harder classes" program, I asked a ton of "what the hell is it?" questions and still don't totally understand. most of the FAQ on the website was about HOW DO I GET MY SMART KID INTO THIS. and I was the only parent at the zoom info night asking "what is THIS!?"

So from what I've gathered, the kids in the program have their own core classes (math, reading, writing) that are "accelerated" but I'm not sure by how much. I think it's segregating out the smart kids. I am not normally a fan of this idea, I'm an education populist, we're all in this together. A few years ago I was reluctant to let Josie get tested for gifted, but eventually gave in and then she was told she wasn't gifted. I can't find the entry about it but this is the exact same thing that happened to me in elementary school so... fool me twice. But unlike me, Josie didn't take it personally.

That's the thing about this kid. She floats on the wind like the feather in forrest gump. whatever happens happens and she doesn't get stuck in her own head about it, which makes me worried she's not in her head *enough*, lacks introspection and empathy and feelings. Since I'm an electrical engineer, people raise their eyebrows and say gosh where could your kid be getting that from? I don't like engineer stereotypes. But I admit to them now... she's not going to be a psychologist.

Oh, she likes anime and told me she wants to write screenplays. But her lowest grade card score was for writing dialog between characters, because again... you have to get inside heads. Explain why people are making decisions. Explain anything.

Anyway I told her she didn't have to take the pre-IB test, but she shrugged and did it. It requires writing, so I wasn't sure she'd get in... but she did. Maybe she writes but I don't know about it? I told her she didn't have to opt into the program, but she's shrugging and saying "I'll do it". Why? no reason. I took her out for ice cream to celebrate. She talked about videogames. She likes playing fortnight and making up little animations about it and she has 3000 tiktok followers.

well, back to pre-ib... when she gets stressed she internalizes it and shows stress in very subtle ways, so I'll just have to make sure these harder classes with more homework aren't too crazy, she can always opt out the next year. by then we'll know what the heck pre-IB is.
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